Thursday, November 10, 2011

Authorities pledge ‘all-out hunt’ Nationals’ Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Wednesday night, was kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela, the family, where he and Tigres - Aragua beat. As Adam Kilgore reports:

In his hometown of Valencia, Venezuela National catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped, according to his Venezuelan winter league team.
Ramos, 24 years old, home of the winter and plan to attend about 10 games with the Tigres - Aragua, the starting day (Thursday). He is a national of the best and most promising players, rookie catcher this season to become regular citizens.

Four people, armed, Ramos's house Wednesday night into the Ramos, only Ramos, out of the house, put him in the green car, and sped away, according to several news reports, Venezuela. Ramos's family has not established communication with the kidnappers, the report said.

Crime and safety in this year's report on the State Department in Venezuela kidnapped "More and more industries." In 2009, according to crime and safety report estimated that "there is a shocking 9.2 kidnappings per 100,000 inhabitants in Venezuela. "

The kidnapping occurred in the country's many so-called "express" kidnappings, armed men drove around the victim, and then return his money. Crime and safety report, "group, specializing in these types of crimes without fear of punishment or imprisonment."

Venezuelan officials confirmed, Ramos (Thursday) around noon alive, found in the vehicles used in the abduction. Hu Anfu Guerrero and Adam Kilgore explained:

Police on Thursday found to kidnap Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, an important clue, the country's justice minister said the authorities could track down the young baseball players the day after he was home from his family was kidnapped four wheels , armed men driving the car.

Ramos family has not heard the kidnappers, a family friend said. However, the Twitter feed Venezuelan police report did not develop Ramos was still alive. "It says:" State law enforcement officials confirmed Ramos baseball player alive.

National and Major League Baseball said the league's investigation department to work with the Venezuelan authorities.

In a joint statement said: "Our primary concern is Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts with them at this time," Major League Baseball and National. The statement said, ballclub and the League "has been instructed not to comment further."

Vehicles Bejuma found in the town, this central industrial city in Venezuela about 25 miles west of the Minister of Justice Tareck El Aissami said.

Aissami said: "Right now, we are at the investigation stage, collect evidence, trying to find him," El Nino.

El Aissami a few hours later, gunmen in the Ramos family in the Valencia area of ​​Santa Ynez arrived home his views, forced him into their car, and sped away. Kidnapping of 24-year-old catcher, who recently returned to his native country in the winter league play a promising player, has received widespread media attention, in a country obsessed with baseball star, but also painfully aware of the growing scourge of kidnapping and other violent crimes. Ramos is the league minimum salary, $ 415,000.

National and Major League Baseball issued a joint statement of kidnapping, and the other players in Venezuela NATS, Ryan Tatusko, proved possible to leave the country in contact with his team:

"Our primary concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts with them at this time, Major League Baseball's Department is investigating the matter with the relevant authorities which two Major League Baseball Washington Nationals have been instructed to have no further comment. "

Minor league pitcher Ryan Tatusko, in Venezuela to play winter nationals of one of the players told him that the people the first thing this morning to make sure he is safe. Tatusko said that he will inform the people "as soon as possible" if he stay or leave the country.

Ramos family still did not hear the words of the kidnappers, and urged the public to remain calm and do not spread rumors, said Ramos, a close family friend.

Mafa wrote on Twitter, "Mata" We have no information. "The kidnapers not call, we must remain calm."

Marta Ramos adapt to the United States to help, he arrived to play the Minnesota Twins minor league.

Meanwhile, a dozen players for the national "organization in 2011, mostly minor leaguers, to stay the winter league in Venezuela and I asked a team leader, has any plan to take them home. The team also did not comment. Union president has said, the game will continue.


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